Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today we’ll learn how to be descriptive for higher Speaking scores on your next IELTS Exam.

In order to increase your Fluency and Vocabulary scores, you must dive into detail in your answers.

There are two parts to this- using adjectives and adverbs, and expressing specific ideas.

Speaking Part 1 and Part 2

Using adverbs before adjectives is an easy way to fit in impressive vocabulary and emphasize your ideas.

It also lends itself toward our strategy to exaggerate in your communication.

Informal adverbs:

so, totally, super, way

Pop-up adverts online are so/totally/super/way annoying.

Interesting adjectives:

good: out of this world, beyond amazing

bad: horrendous, horrific, loathsome, nasty, obnoxious

I have a recipe for chili that is way beyond amazing.


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Speaking Part 3

Here, you must be more formal, but still descriptive and specific.

Formal adverbs:

quite, rather, markedly

Using celebrities in advertisements is markedly effective in my culture.

Interesting formal adjectives:

good: stupendous, exceptional, superb

bad: abhorrent, appalling, detestable

The amount of pollution in our capital city is rather appalling

Record some of today’s phrases on your Speaking cheat sheet, which should be a page in your IELTS vocabulary notebook.

Then, practice saying these phrases out loud, in sentences, every day this week.

As far as specific ideas go, in all parts of the Speaking Exam, draw from your own life and experience whenever possible.

In Part 3, also try to fit in examples that you have read or heard on the news recently.

How would you use today’s phrases?

Share your examples in the comments section below!

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